Japan, 1957. Seventeen-year-old Naoko Nakamura’s prearranged marriage secures her family’s status in their traditional Japanese community. However, Naoko has fallen for an American sailor and to marry him would bring great shame upon her entire family. When it’s learned Naoko carries the sailor’s child, she’s cast out in disgrace and forced to make unimaginable choices with consequences that will ripple across generations.
America, present day. Tori Kovač, caring for her dying father, finds a letter containing a shocking revelation. Setting out to learn the truth, Tori’s journey leads her to a remote seaside village in Japan where she must confront the demons of the past to pave a way for redemption.
Inspired by true stories, The Woman in the White Kimono illuminates a searing portrait of one woman torn between her culture and her heart, and another woman on a journey to discover the true meaning of home.
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The Woman In The White Kimono is one of the most powerful and moving books I’ve read for a long time.
Even though I’ve read a lot of books based in the second world war I haven’t read many detailing what happened after the war ended, especially in Japan. I therefore found the setting of this book absolutely fascinating, especially the culture clash between the Japanese and American soldiers. It was very interesting to learn more about the Japanese culture and traditions of that time.
Naoko was an amazing character who I loved reading about. She’s a very strong woman, in a time when woman weren’t expected to be. I found I really admired the strength and resilience that she shows when put in a very difficult situation. I felt a lot of sympathy for her and I wanted to keep reading to find out what happens to her.
This was a beautifully written book with the author managing to vividly describe post war Japan so that the reader actually feels like they are there experiencing everything alongside the characters. This also makes the events in the book seem much more hard hitting and emotional as it feels like you know the people that it’s happening to. It’s quite a hard book to put down as it’s so easy to get absorbed into the story and everything that’s happening. This the author’s first historical novel and I hope she writes more very soon.
Huge thanks to Lucy from Legend Press for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
Ana John’s studied broadcast journalism and worked over twenty-years in the creative arts field, as both a creative director and business owner, before turning her hand to fiction. THE WOMAN in the WHITE KIMONO, a BBC Radio2 Book Club pick, is her first historical fiction.